Yesterday my mother informed me that she purchased the Harvest Your Health Bundle of ebooks (http://harvestbundle.com if you are interested). “Why?!” I asked. She knows I’d share with her any information she ever needed on diet. Her response was that, well, aside from the few books with truly excellent content (I cannot emphasize again what an amazing deal it is to get Seppo Puusa’s acne Bible for so cheap), she wanted to use the cookbooks.
“Really?” I asked. My mother and I are cut of the same cloth. Much as we like good food, we never take the time to do it.
“Really.” She said. “At the very least, I’ll get to look at the pictures.”
To which I can only say, ah ha! And yes. That’s what I do, too.
And it really is incredible. The sheer number of recipes and their variety — scattered over twenty-six cookbooks in this bundle — well, it provides a lot of content for those who want to cook, and those who just want to drool, alike.
To that end, here are some photos taken from 4 of my favorite cookbooks in the bundle.
1. Fast Paleo top 100 of 2012
Fast Paleo Top 100 of 2012 contains 100 of the top-voted recipes collected from culinary aficionados all across the paleosphere. A delightfully cool idea. The pictures in these are not always the professional quality of the ones we’ll see at the end here with Bill and Haley, and many of the other books here, but still delectable and artfully inventive.
2. Paleo Ice Cream
Up next are six photos from Ben Hirshberg’s book Paleo Ice Cream. If you like paleo (like me), and you miss ice cream (like me) – well, this is the fantasy-come-true book for all of us.
Hooray, we are saved!
3. 30 Day Intro to Paleo
Finally is a selection of recipes from Bill and Haley Mason Staley’s introduction to paleo 30 Day Intro to Paleo – which, by the way, is one of the most beautiful guides to paleo I have ever seen (these people do seriously good work) and includes treats like videos of Robb Wolf describing the paleo diet. So this book is recipes and meal plans and guides to eating, the whole gamut.
And stunning, as they always do.
Anyway, as you can well predict, these three and twenty-three other cookbooks are a part of the Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale, which now has thirty six hours left! 71 ebooks. 3 magazines. 5 fitness plans. 14 discounts. For 37 dollars — that’s 44 cents a piece!
Crazy, I know.
Go to http://harvestbundle.com or click the banner below to read more.
I have never been a woman who likes yoga all that much. I have done it a few times, and I do enjoy it whenever I do – but I have never considered myself a connoisseur, acolyte, or practitioner the way, seriously, no less than 95 percent of my female friends do.
Nor do I think, necessarily, that yoga specifically can accomplish the physiological feats many of its proponents claim. For example, in the ebook “Natural Fertility Yoga” yoga coach Hethir Rodriguez (CMT, MH), asserts that yoga “has an effect on reproductive health.” (Which it does. My skepticism lies in the specificity of the claims. She goes on:) ”Every posture in this series has a supporting and nurturing effect on the reproductive system or the endocrine system – the hormonal headquarters.”
-”resetting your endocrine system and balancing your hormones,
-clearing adhesions and blockages in the reproductive areas,
-increasing circulation to your vagina, uterus, and ovaries,
-increasing your immune system and moving toxins out of your body,
-bringing peace and vitality to your conception journey,
-and creating an environment of clarity and self-exploration.”
So I have always been a skeptic, and I remain a skeptic, much as I remain a skeptic of other alternative health practices such as acupuncture. How can I really know if acupuncture is re-aligning my qi or not?
But whether or not certain practices demonstrate tangible effects the way Western medicine does is not a part of the question. Hethir’s claims are credible when you take into account that yoga is a phenomenally relaxing, rejuvenating, and cleansing practice. Health is holistic, and it is important to remember that we cannot reduce our health to bloodtests. The most important thing I ever did for the sake of my ovaries, for example, was stop feeling so anxious. I imagine yoga works much in the same way.
So if you are into yoga, into alternative health, and curious about what women might be doing to increase bloodflow in certain areas and achieve better integration with their bodies and minds, this book is pretty kickass. It is simple – all it details are the movements of the program. But complete with 31 poses and an ovarian massage, ranging from the most beginner to the most complex, you could do far worse for a program to enrich your fertility and your relationship with your ovaries.
Much as I have never become a yoga regular, I recognize it has a profound power to unite us with our natural selves. It’s not the only thing that helps with fertility – Hethir does advise you to undertake other diet and lifestyle modifications – but it does have a unique power to work at the interface of the psychological and the physiological.
Natural Fertility Yoga is a part of the unique, one-time holy crap is this for real Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale, which includes up to 84 natural health e-resources for just 37 dollars. My own, new Birth Control book is included in that package. Grab it now – only available until October 14!
AND, if you don’t like Yoga, there are still five other fitness options to choose from! One focusing on body weight exercises, how to run without hair by Ben Greenfield, Sandbag training (I think that is what it sounds like), Dog Yoga (!!) and Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness by Sarah and John Fragoso and Jason Seib.
- Bodyweight Overload ($19.99) by Todd
- Run with No Pain ($17) by Ben Greenfield
- Sandbag Training ($6.99) by Ben Hirshberg
- Dog Yoga with The Lightfoot Way ($10) by Allison Culver
- Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness $20 (1 month for 1 penny) by Sarah & John Fragoso and Jason Seib
Dog Yoga is exactly what it sounds like and the most fun thing ever. Also, painless running and body weight exercises and the cream of the crop guides for fitness.
Most readers of my blog know that while I love to move, I’m not a huge fan of fitness. “Go do stuff that feels good” is usually the advice I give women, and I stand by that. Personally, I’ve never felt better or been happier, and I go to the gym now about once every 10 days to do a bit of heavy lifting.
Nonetheless, I know that fitness routines is a big deal for a lot of us, and I want every woman in our community to do whatever it is that works for her to feel empowered and strong and sexy (if she so desires.)
So, please, do whatever it is that works for you to feel empowered and strong and sexy (if you so desire.)
To that end, while I have adored the high emphasis this Harvest Bundle has placed on fertility and women’s health (Aside from my Birth Control book it has NINE OTHER fertility and women’s health books), and while I am crazy about all of the cookbooks, I would be remiss to not share a little bit about the fitness packages with you.
SO. There are five totally unique and kick ass fitness programs available, ranging from the “sounds hardcore” to the “you said whaa?”
The “sounds hardcore” award goes to “Sandbag Training,” which is exactly what it sounds like. How to be a beast with a sandbag. I imagine a bag of rice works just as well. Grab the heavy thing and throw it around. How to do it so that it makes you healthy and strong? That’d be Ben Hirshberg’s realm of kicking ass.
Another kickass book is “Run With No Pain” by Ben Greenfield. I haven’t read this book, so I cannot make any promises. Nonetheless, Ben is a lovely human being, and I know from hanging out with him briefly at paleo fx last year that he is a long term fitness and running junkie, and has overcome pain issues. Think Born to Run. Very cool if you’re into this sort of thing.
My favorite of the bunch — or the one I would probably use most myself — is “Bodyweight Overload: A Six Week Training Program to Help You Build muscle and Lose Fat Without Weights” by Todd Kuskulis. It’s all about bodyweight exercises. You can do these at whatever pace you want, and in the privacy of your own home, and on your own schedule. I’m a big fan of bodyweight exercises, as evidence by the fact that the card game / push-up game my roommates and I played three nights ago is still making my pecs ache when I push open doors.
The standard of the bunch of “Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness” which is a beautiful and beautifully structured program that can kick start your fitness and keep you on track. These people know what they’re doing. Quick, effective, injury-free (as much as it can be), and full of the kinds of exercises that energize and empower you, I’m a big fan. AND this one isn’t as male dominated as the others appear. I mean – the others are still absolutely 100 percent for women, but its nice to have a woman listed as the first author, so you know your needs are being met.
The “you said whaa?” award goes to “Dog Yoga with the Lightfoot Way” by Allison Culver. This book is far and away my favorite that I have ever encountered in the alternative health world, ever, period, ever, ever, ever. This book alone is worth the 37 dollars of the Harvest Bundle. Maybe more. It’s daring and lovely and sweet and funny as all hell. The photos speak for it better than I ever can. See below.
Anyway, as you can well predict, all of these cool fitness resources are a part of the Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale, which now has three days left! 71 ebooks. 3 magazines. 5 fitness plans. 14 discounts. For 37 dollars — thats 44 cents a piece!
Crazy, I know.
Go to http://harvestbundle.com or click the banner below to read more.
Though I have fervently loved all the fertility and female-specific health books I have found in this absurdly large bundle sale, my favorite book ended up being a dark horse candidate, in the form of kale.
My favorite book of the bundle? The kale-centric cookbook Crazy for Kale: Glow from the Inside Out with 40 Gluten-free and Dairy-free Recipes by Hallie Klecker.
The book opens with a “Kale Primer.” What do we learn here? Way more than I thought I would.
First: kale is the member of the cabbage family that most closely resembles wild cabbage since the leaves do not form a head.
Second, there are many varieties, with the three most common being Curly Kale (also called blue kale by people like Whole Foods, and which comes in green, red, and purple varieties), Lacinato Kale (also called dinosaur kale or Tuscan kale, is flatter, more tender, and milder in flavor than curly kale), and Red Russian Kale which is the most delicate variety and better suited to things like salads as opposed to stews and soups like the other kinds. Hallie professes to loving Red Russian Kale the best, and now I want to get my hands on some.
Then Hallie talks about the health benefits of Kale. Nutritionists have talked our ears off about the health benefits of kale for ages. But they were right to do so. Kale is wicked high in antioxidants, and also in vitamin K… one of the best and only sources of vitamin K in the diet. Also vitamins A and C and manganese and iron and so much more. Kale is glorious!
Then comes tips on how to store, prepare, use kale in cooking, and use kale in smoothies.
And then: the recipes! They include salads, smoothies and juices, side dishes, main dishes, snacks and sweet treats (oooooh!) which include delights like:
-Orange Greensicle Smoothie
-Green Breakfast Chiller
-Spiced Pear and Sunflower Smoothie
-Green Flu Fighter Juice
-German Meatballs with Kale, Carrot, and Rutabaga Hash
-Rainbow Humms Tostadas
-Sesame Kale and Beet Toss
-Kale and Strawberry Breakfast Salad
-Salmon Kale Croquettes
-Garden Pasta Toss with Creamy Horseradish Dressing
-Curried Carrots and Kale
-Cauliflower Couscous with Kale Pesto
-Sweet Potato and Kale Balls
-Pistachio Banana Ice Cream
-Kale Walnut Pesto
-”Milk” Chocolate Icing
-Pumpkin Confetti Cornbread Muffins
and Cinnamon Sugar Kale Chips.
Kale is just about essential for optimizing kickass health and fertility, not to mention radiant skin, and for that reason I could not recommend more highly these absurdly nutritious and easy recipes. Very. Cool. Stuff.
Crazy for Kale is a part of the unique, one-time holy crap is this for real Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale, which includes up to 84 natural health e-resources for just 37 dollars. My own, new Birth Control book is included in that package. Grab it now – only available until October 14!
If you spend any amount of time in the blogosphere at all, you know that ebooks have overrun the place. There are a number of different things that can make an ebook good or bad. Content is one. The aesthetic experience of it is another.
A fair number of you have read my PCOS book and even more, I think, will read the Birth Control book. All of us would probably easily admit that aesthetics is not necessarily my strong suit. These ebooks come in the form of Word-formatted PDFs, and they, I hope, rely on their stellar content, (wink), rather than design for satisfying my readers. My hope is that you don’t notice what boring aesthetics I have because the content has just bowled you over.
Funny, I know.
Anyway. I just read the ebook “Fertilize Yourself” by Nat Kringoudis — I always go for the fertility books when I dig into bundles (like this one! http://harvestbundle.com) – and I came across both a fascinating take on natural health that combines Eastern medicine and ideas with WAPF-type principles that also happened to be one of the most delightfully beautiful ebooks I have ever seen.
To share with you my experience, therefore, I’ve taken a few screen shots.
This book is divided up into Fertility Foods (highlighting some unique gems, such as figs), Your Fertile Body, which goes all into the importance of regular sex and the impact of sexual practices on both your and your partner’s physiology, Your Fertile Pantry, and a Your Fertile Recipes, a series of recipes and food photos that rivals any published cookbook I’ve ever seen.
Here are some more gems of information I picked up:
-Alcohol consumption lowers zinc in your bloodstream, which – aside from being crucial for your own health and specifically your immune activity and insulin sensitivity – is also crucial for sperm production.
-Acupuncture, at least according to this acupuncturist, increases fertility “by 70 percent.”
-Sexual activity after the close of your fertile window in your luteal phase can help supply a budding embryo with nutrients.
-Increased rate of ejaculation and sexual activity helps men’s bodies streamline sperm production and develop healthier, more robust sperm. This flushing-rejuvenation process takes, according to Kat, approximately four months of regular sexual activity. Focused attention on male sexuality and sexual health was one of my favorite parts of this book. It’s not something that I personally understand all that well, but it’s equally as crucial for your ability to conceive children that your men have strong fighting sperm as you having strong fighting eggs.
It doesn’t hurt, moreover, that fertility enhancing practices for both you and your husband will demonstrably increase your vitality and sex drive.
Fertilize Yourself (check it out here!): from a smart woman with unique information on sexual activity and natural foods, with an obviously talented designer that makes the experience even more beautiful and exciting.
4.6 out of 5 stars.
[The 0.4 deduction is for claiming that 50 percent of your diet should be from animal protein. I would happily accept that 50 percent could be from animal sources (which I'd guess is what she means), but I am a firm believer that protein should be no more than 20 percent of your diet. A bit more clarity on this point would be awesome. Nonetheless, I fell in love with this book the moment I opened it.]
Fertilize Yourself is a part of the unique, one-time holy crap is this for real Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale, which includes up to 84 natural health e-resources for just 37 dollars. My own, new Birth Control book is included in that package. Grab it now – only available until October 14!